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Technical Staff

chris o'neal 

u-15 head coach

Chris O’Neal joined Sporting KC from Cincinnati United Soccer Club, where he has spent the last three years as the Director of Coaching—Boys for the Cincinnati United Premier Development Academy program. His previous coaching experiences include stints as Director of Vestavia Hills Soccer Club in Birmingham, Alabama and the Director of Southern Soccer Academy in Savannah, Georgia.

O’Neal played collegiately at the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB), where his team reached the Sweet 16 and perennially ranked among the NCAA Top 25. He then spent one year playing professionally with the Atlanta Silverbacks. O’Neal currently holds his USSF A License and is currently taking the prestigious Elite Formation Coaching License through the French Football Federation.

O'Neal resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Declan Jogi 

U-14 Head Coach

Declan Jogi joined the Sporting KC Academy in Fall 2015 and has a strong reputation for developing young, technical players. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jogi played college soccer at King University in Tennessee, followed by a professional career with the Charlotte Eagles of the United Soccer League as well as Acadia United and Dynamos FC in the Zimbabwe Premier League.

After his playing career, Jogi started coaching youth players in Eastern Tennessee with FC Fusion and FC Dallas TRI, where he was the Director of Coaching for the Pre-K to U-14 age groups. While in Tennessee, Jogi was on the state Olympic Development Program (ODP) staff and was named the Tennessee Boys Competitive Coach of the Year in 2014.

Jogi holds his USSF A License and Elite Formation Coaching License through the French Football Federation. Jogi and his wife, Cynthia, live in Kansas City, Missouri, with their three sons: Declan, Alastair and Crispin.

Luis Pacheco

U-13 Head Coach

Luis Pacheco joined the Sporting KC Academy in Fall 2017 and has nearly a decade of coaching experience. He arrived in Kansas City after spending seven seasons with Oldham Soccer Club in Buckner, Kentucky, where he was the U-8 through U-16 head coach from 2011-2017. While at Oldham, he served as Academy Director from 2013-2016 and Technical Director from 2016-17. In addition, Pacheco served as a volunteer assistant at the University of Louisville from Fall 2016 to Summer 2017, helping the team reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Pacheco, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri, holds his USSF A License. As a player, he developed at Vardar Soccer Club in Michigan before competing collegiately at Louisville from 2007-2011. He was a member of the 2010 Louisville team that advanced to the College Cup and closed the season as national runners-up.

Colby Childress 

U-12 Head Coach

Colby Childress assumed his role as the Sporting KC U-12 Head Coach in Fall 2017. His coaching career began with stints at Tennessee youth clubs Fusion FC (2010-2012) and FC Dallas TRI (2012-2013) before becoming a graduate assistant coach at King University in Briston, Tennessee during the 2013-14 season. Childress then spent two years as the Director of Operations for the Georgia Southern University men’s soccer team — also spending the 2015 summer as an assistant for Premier Development club Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors — before his move to Alabama, where he was the Technical Program Assistant for the Birmingham United Soccer Association.

Childress, who holds a USSF A License and USYS National Youth License, was a four-year starter at King University from 2008-2012. During that time, he also competed for Rocket City United in the National Premier Soccer League from 2009-2010.

Childress resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Katie.

PAULO PITA

Academy Goalkeeper Coach

Paulo Pita joined the Sporting KC Academy technical staff as goalkeeper coach in February 2021. He formerly played as a goalkeeper professionally for North Carolina FC, and at the collegiate level for the Charleston Golden Eagles and the Marshall Thundering Herd.

Pita played college soccer at the University of Charleston in 2016 and 2017. In his sophomore season, he posted a 20-1-2 record en route to leading the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Division II men's soccer national championship. In the title game, he posted a shutout and was named Most Outstanding Player.

He transferred to Marshall University, where he played in 2018 and 2019. In his senior year, Pita led Conference USA in saves and ranked second in shutouts, helping lead the Thundering Herd to a conference championship.

Pita was drafted 24th overall in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft by Los Angeles FC. He entered training camp with the MLS side but was ultimately not offered a contract. After Pita left LAFC, he joined North Carolina FC of the USL Championship for the remainder of their preseason. He signed with North Carolina FC on February 17, 2020. He made his debut with North Carolina FC on September 26, 2020, earning a 2–1 win over Birmingham Legion FC.

Josh Duffy

Talent Identification Director, Academy

Duffy began working with Sporting KC in 2015 as a network scout on the West Coast while he was an assistant coach at Saint Mary’s College of CA (2017-2019).  He joined SKC full-time as Talent Identification Director – Academy in March, 2019.

Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Duffy grew up playing for the Kansas City Attack Soccer Club and went on to win the USYSA Andy Stone Cup (U-18 National Title) with Scott Gallagher Soccer Club (St. Louis, MO) in 2000. During his time at Blue Valley Northwest High School, Duffy also earned All-American nominations as both a Defender and a Goalkeeper. Duffy was a part of the reserve team for the Kansas City Wizards and spent five years in the USL Premier Developmental League playing for the Kansas City Brass. He then went overseas to have short stints in both the Netherlands as well as Germany.

Duffy has also worked with field players and goalkeepers in the youth national team network and served as a scout with US Soccer. He holds a USSF National "A" License, and was recently invited on to attend and provide feedback for US Soccer’s pilot course of the Talent Scout License at Pinnacle in 2019.

Duffy now resides in Overland Park, Kansas with his wife, Carrie and two children, Mason and Emma.